Stat Line of the Night — 9/5/2013 — Peyton Manning
Entering the 2013 NFL season, Peyton Manning said he wanted to run an up-tempo offense in an attempt to maximize the number of plays he runs per game. Many assumed that it would lead to an increase in offensive production from the Broncos quarterback, but I doubt anyone expected what they saw from the 37-year-old field general last night during his team’s season opener against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
Manning got off to a “slow” start, throwing for just 160 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, as the Broncos entered the break trailing 17-14. But the second half turned out to be a completely different story, with Manning passing for 302 yards and five touchdowns during the final 30 minutes of the game. He would finish the contest with a 64.3% completion percentage (27-for-42), 462 yards, a record-tying seven touchdowns and a passer rating of 141.1, as the Broncos cruised to the 49-27 blowout victory.
Everyone expected a lot out of Manning and the Broncos heading into this game, but no one could have predicted a seven-touchdown performance against the defending champs. This could be the start of a fantastic fantasy football season for those who own Peyton Manning, and an excruciatingly long fantasy football season for everyone else. For now, Peyton earns “The Stat Line of the Night” for Thursday, September 5, 2013.